Liam Brady concerned that Arsenal are at a crossroads

Liam Brady concerned that Arsenal are at a crossroads ahead of North London Derby, as Gunners legend admits: ‘I don’t know when we will next be competing for the title’

  • Liam Brady fears that Arsenal are at a crossroads heading into Sunday’s Derby 
  • The Gunners have fallen from the summit of English football in recent years 
  • Poor recruitment, Brady believes, lies at the heart of Arsenal’s recent decline
  • The 65-year-old said that he cannot see the Gunners fighting for a title soon 

Liam Brady fears Arsenal are at a crossroads and could face years before they win the league title they last lifted in 2004.

The Arsenal legend, 65, said: ‘I think Mikel Arteta is doing quite a good job considering what he took over. I know there is no quick fix because the club does not have the money to buy itself back into the top four. We need good coaching and good recruitment and that can take time.’

Poor recruitment, Brady believes is at the heart of Arsenal’s slump.

Liam Brady fears that Arsenal are at a crossroads ahead of Sunday’s huge north London derby

The Gunners sit in 10th place in the top flight, having endured a number of poor campaigns

“The club is at a crossroads and we don’t know if we will see an Arsenal team competing for the league in the near future. How long depends so much on the recruitment of players who can improve the team and become better — like we saw with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Freddie Ljungberg.

“You’re hoping Arteta has the insight and ability to do that but the difference now is Wenger inherited eight or nine great players, too. The current team has question marks over most of them.’

Brady was a coach at Arsenal when owner Stan Kroenke and former chief executive Ivan Gazidis oversaw the outright purchase of football data analysis company StatDNA. It is designed to identify every attribute of every potential signing in the world.

Arsenal legend Brady says poor recruitment lies at the heart of Arsenal’s recent decline

Brady, 65, added that he does not see Mikel Arteta’s side fighting for a title any time soon

Current technical director Edu is so enamoured with its powers he ditched virtually Arsenal’s entire scouting network towards the end of last year to lean more heavily on a stat-based transfer policy.

Brady does not have a problem with the system, but said: ‘I am worried by the recruitment policy due to how unsuccessful it has been for the past ten years or so. I look at the current squad and no players apart from Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli have increased in value since they joined. The rest of them you would be lucky to get your money back on.

‘Arteta deserves another couple of seasons at least, as he inherited a really bad hand. But I think they could easily have won so many more matches but for idiotic errors. The buck stops with him if he can’t get players to do what he wants.’

Brady says Arteta needs a couple of seasons, but added that the buck stops with the Spaniard

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